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The best TV show where the characters were, at one point, in high school?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Double Down, Feb 24, 2011.


What the the best TV show ever set in high school?

  1. 90210

  2. The O.C.

  3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

  4. Veronica Mars

  5. My So Called Life

  6. Friday Night Lights

  7. Dawson's Creek

  8. Freaks and Geeks

  9. Glee

    0 vote(s)
  10. Saved By The Bell

  11. The Wonder Years

  12. The White Shadow

  13. Gilmore Girls

  14. Happy Days

  15. Welcome Back Kotter

  1. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    Was thinking about this the other day after watching Seasons 1 and 2 of Veronica Mars, which is a really, really good show, maybe the best detective show ever done on television. It manages to be about high school, but also about much larger issues, putting it on par I think with some of the best high school shows -- and arguably some of the best show in any genre -- of this era.

    That said, I'm not sure anything can knock off Buffy, even the brilliant Freaks and Geeks (especially since it lasted one season), although I'm willing to listen to any argument that includes Friday Night Lights. (With the caveat that I have not yet seen Season 5.) In fact, just typing this, I may have to think long and hard about whether FNL would be my pick ahead of Buffy. It just might, with apologies to the Scooby Gang. Clear eyes, full hearts, etc.

    You may vote for two choices in the poll. I will be back later to argue the individual merits of some of the shows.

    Discuss, or make your case below.
  2. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    Wonder Years is a valid choice. I will edit the poll to reflect it.
  3. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    So sad that two of the best choices, Freaks and Geeks and My So Called Life both didn't even get a second season.
  4. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Head of the Class should be on there as well.
  5. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Welcome Back Kotter should be on there as well.
  6. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Waiting for Mikey to return and nominate Boy Meets World.
  7. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I think it's safe to say the cast and crew from Freaks and Geeks have done pretty well for themselves.
  8. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    No Happy Days?
  9. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Good call...
  10. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    Happy Days, Welcome Back Kotter and Head of the Class are all enjoyable shows -- and in the case of Happy Days, a trailblazer -- but the writing does not measure up to the shows on the list. 90210 had bad writing, but it reinvented the genre.

    I know Smallville and One Tree Hill are shows set in high school but I've never seen either so if you want them on the list, you need to make the case for their inclusion.
  11. HC

    HC Well-Known Member

    For me, "Freaks and Geeks" is as good as it gets.
  12. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    Same is true of Boy Meets World.
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